.:| Quote |:.
"Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences."
-- Kierath Ranamor
.:| Vornae Proverbs |:.
"I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu."
A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
"Ame futte chi katamaru"
After the rain, earth hardens
.:| Libraries |:.
The Story of Malyon Aranmore
Upon reading this, some would think that I am flattering "the lich", or would make assumptions about how I feel towards him and what he did. Therefore, let me say this here and now: He disgusts me. He did many things which I disagree with, and cannot tolerate. I am shamed that one of my Race would do these things. One has only to read my other reports to know all the suffering he has caused. And has admitted to me that he did these things willingly. So why am I telling his story? Well, partially for the sake of history. But mostly because I feel that when one does such great and terrible things as he did, one deserves at least some recognition. One has earned their place in the stories told by the fireside... even if that place is the one of "villain".
Dremora, the Dark Elven city underneath Greyhelm, is a young Matriarchal city led by a ruling Council. Many years ago, before Dremora was settled, their people were nomadic and followed a Black Dragon. When they stumbled upon the Drake skeleton of Traegor, it was seen as an auspicious omen, and they settled in the cavern, changing their nomadic ways.
Within Dremora, males are seen as completely subservient to females, and placed in a role that some would view as being little more than slaves. Males were not allowed to learn whatever path they wished, but were required to learn many different skill sets, one after the other. Alchemy and weapons were the first of these, followed by celestial magic, then earth. Earth magic is valued and respected above all others, and usually only mastered by females. So any aspiring male Mage would first have to become skilled in alchemy and weapons before being allowed to touch a spellbook.... and an earth mage would then have to learn mastery of celestial magic before being allowed to study their primary school. Earth magic was held as the more respected magic, and considered to be the most powerful ~ only those of rank learned mastery of earth magic. Necromancy was also not looked down upon, and is used to further the goals of the city.
Malyon was a born Earth mage. He was so driven to learn earth magics, that he completed his required mastery of the other skills quickly, and obtained the mastery of magical skill that many of us call "Dragon mage". His mother and many others considered him "gifted" and an "ambitious learner who always excelled". Because of this, it was easy for him to find power and rank within Dremora, and he became an instructor within their magical academy. He was easily one of the most powerful and influential males of the city, and had a following among his male students in the Academy. But his power and achievements went unrecognized by the Ruling Council.
Malyon claims the Council is genocidal, and exterminated many of the surface races that Dremora encountered. I am not sure why they would do such, aside from eliminating competition for food and resources, or perhaps to use them as slaves. When the Barbarians moved into Greyhelm, it was a shock for the Dremorans. Dremora was not used to dealing with the more human races, who could multiply and spread so quickly. The position of Ambassador was created, and Malyon was chosen to represent Dremora to the Barbarians. The Council's true intentions were to bring the Barbarians to Dremora as slaves, to mine the precious metals and gems out of the earth. The general populace was kept unaware of the Council's true intentions. Malyon was raised among these women, and felt he had no choices in his life. Despite all his power and learning, he was nothing more than a tool for the Council.
While wandering the surface, Malyon discovered a small cave where it looked as if someone had concealed something. He dug at the fake wall, and discovered a dragon's hoard of treasure. He also immediately felt a presence in the area, power that called to him. In a large ornate box he found a set of transformation scrolls, many of a necromantic nature. Beneath that box was a smaller box, containing a necklace that housed Traegor's spirit. This necklace was sentient, and powerful, and definitely influenced Malyon in some ways, though he never claimed to have been under its control. In holding this artifact of power, Malyon realized that he can make his own destiny, and would no longer life the life of a tool. This necklace also gave Malyon the ability to control ANY undead he encountered, even if they had been summoned by another caster, and had spirit-linked itself to him. Malyon also discovered that he could access some of the draconic power within the amulet, adding it's magical strength to his own.
The Council had told Malyon to bring Mandrake and some of the other Barbarian chieftains to Dremora, under the idea that they would be given great magical gifts to give them strength. Mandrake, being an ambitious, power hungry chieftain, did not question their motives. The Council planned to give them all undead transformations, and then to use these chieftains to eventually trap and transform all of the Barbarians, and use them as slave labor in the mines. Instead of placing the Council's intended transform upon Mandrake, Malyon used the scrolls he had found in the cave, and made Mandrake into an Emperor of the Graveyard ~ a much more powerful transform than the one the Council had intended. And this is also when the Council discovered Malyon's newfound ability to voice control any undead, as he used their creations against them. Every member of the Council was obliterated. What happened to the Council was kept a secret from the populace, so that no one would know how weakened their leaders had become. This was 4 years ago.
Malyon's original intentions were to make a new life for himself on the surface. To turn his back on Dremora and their problems. However, the necklace had other plans. It wanted power, and Malyon was more than willing to listen. It promised him things, among them, that he would become King of Dremora. Liking the ideas the necklace suggested, Malyon decided to use Mandrake and the other undead to create an undead army. Malyon also used the male students who were loyal to him in Dremora to help build his power. I am not even sure if Malyon understood his purpose in doing this. All that was felt was a hunger for more power. At this point, the necklace he wore had gained a great deal of influence over him. Malyon decided he wished for immortality, and used one of Traegor's scrolls to make himself into a Lich King. The state of his immortality did not matter to him, as long as it served his goals. Lich king was the most powerful and useful of the transformations, and therefore served his goals the best. Malyon did realize he had less and less control of what he did.... but he still admits to doing these things willingly. He felt, and still feels, that the Dremoran Council is the true enemy. Malyon also wished to set free the oppressed males of Dremora, and give them the strength to change their lives ~ strength he did not have until finding Traegor's amulet.
I wish I could say that Malyon's wanton cruelty was also a result of the necklace that influenced him. But I believe that would be a lie. That would be me wishing one of my Race was not responsible for such atrocities. Malyon admits that Traegor nudged him in certain directions, but he believed it was his own desire at the time. He may not have done everything he did on his own, but he embraced the power, and all the costs that came with it.
Meanwhile, Dremora realized they had a problem. They had an enemy who knew far too much about them, and who held mastery over Undead. Evendarr was called in to aid so that Dremora would not face any losses in defeating their newfound enemy.
Here is where the continuity of the story breaks apart, as the story became more of a question/ answer setting. I am sure that there is much more that could be added to this accounting, but many of us were too tired to ask.
Mandrake's sword, which is still missing, is Traegor's Iron Fang, an artifact weapon originally given as a gift from Traegor to one of his Dragon knights long ago. It was made from a shard of Traegor's bone, likely a claw.
The family of Gypsy vampires that we have encountered were created by Malyon, and he was proud of their effectiveness against us. All but the female were destroyed. As for the undead Pirates that we occasionally see, they were not one of Malyon's creations. They have been in Greyhelm for centuries, adhering to the directives of their curse. He had some control over what they did, but they had much more free will, and were bound by their curse. Malyon would simply use them by pushing them in our direction.
The Surface Elf hunting Panthergasts were created by Dremora. Malyon summoned them once, when the Council had ordered him to do so.
Malyon told us of Kauffe and the Defiler, both forces that had already been in Greyhelm who worked with him for mutual benefit. Kauffe was trying to become a Chaos Lord, but has instead become a Lord of Havoc, a combination of death, chaos, darkness, and destruction elements. His weaknesses are his opposites. The Defiler is a being of pure chaos. It has been here since long ago, and will continue to be here. It is a creature, and takes actions on it's instinct alone. Traegor will likely seek to make both Kauffe and the Defiler into his allies.
The green fog that we have seen the Undead use for transportation came from Traegor, and is similar to Spirit-walk formal magic. It is an aspect of Traegor's specialty, Spirit Magic. Traegor consumes spirits and uses their power to fuel his own attacks. He will grow in strength daily, and build upon his power.
I hope to add to this accounting at some point, but I doubt I will. I enjoy danger just as any adventurer does, but I have no wish to hunt down Malyon simply to ask him questions about his troubled childhood.